The II “Ukrainian Defense & Security Forum ’17”, focused on investments in the defense sector, was held on April 27, 2017. Forum Organizer – A7 CONFERENCES, under the patronage of the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine. Exclusive Legal Partner – International law firm Dentons, Institutional Partner – NATO Representation to Ukraine, Strategic Partner – Association of Ukrainian Defense Manufacturers, Cyber Security Partner – ISSP, Partner – CISCO, Partner – IceShock, Official Carrier – Turkish Airlines, Telecommunication Partner – Lanet, Investment Partner – A7 CAPITAL, General Specialized Media Partner – Defense Express.
Forum for the second time became an international platform for the discussion of topical issues and solving urgent problems of the sector and brought together over 450 of key sector players, investors, business representatives, government officials and financial institutions from over 14 countries.
During the panel discussions were discussed prospects of interaction between public and private defense sector, as well as the reform of the military-industrial complex.
Ihor Pavlovsky, Deputy Minister of Defense of Ukraine, in his speech said that the main tasks of the Ministry today are to maintain a high level of combat readiness and defense reforms. Separately were discussed the implementation of corporate standards and promoting transparency for the improvement of the defense industry of Ukraine.
Conference participants received the latest information about the prospects of funding from the national and international financial institutions. Aleksander Vinnikov, Head, NATO Representation to Ukraine; Director, NATO Liaison Office in Ukraine, said that NATO supports Ukraine’s plans to move by 2020 to NATO standards and is ready to provide every possible assistance to Ukraine in order to achieve high Western standards.
Denys Hurak, Deputy Director General for Foreign Economic Activity, SC «UKROBORONOPROM»; talked about the opportunities of public sector of Ukrainian defense industry, highlighting the need for transformation towards a flexible structure, corporatization, the need to improve manufacturability of the final product and empower Ukrainian arms producers in foreign markets and so on.
As a special part of the conference was the discussion on the development of national cyber security systems of Ukraine, during which a lot of attention was paid to information security and countering under the condition of hybrid war. Tetiana Popova, Adviser to Minister of Defence (2014-2015), Vice Minister of Information Policy (2015-2016), StratCom expert, NGO “InformSecurity”, emphasized the need to increase the capacity of Ukraine on information influence in the world by increasing the quantity and quality of Ukrainian information international channels.
In Forum participated the following companies: State Foreign Trade Enterprise “SpetsTechnoExport”, The State Self-Supporting FTIF “Ukrinmash”, Ukroboronservice, SAFRAN Electronics & Defense (France), Radionix, Allison Transmission, Aselsan, Havelsan, Defendec, TM “Ecotest”, PCO S.A., “TASKO”, Corporation, SE “Antonov”, Ukroboronservice, Practika Company and others.
Among the Forum speakers are: Ihor Pavlovsky, Deputy Minister of Defense of Ukraine; Evgen Marchuk, Head, Security Service of Ukraine (1991-1994); Prime Minister of Ukraine (1995-1996); Yuriy Brovchenko, Deputy Minister of Economic Development and Trade of Ukraine; Yuriy Husyev, Deputy Minister of Defense of Ukraine (2015-2016); Aleksander Vinnikov, Head, NATO Representation to Ukraine; Director, NATO Liaison Office in Ukraine; Yevgen Rokicki, Co-Chairman of the Board, Ukrainian Defense and Security Industry Association; Ingvar Pärnamäe, CEO, Estonian Defence Industry Association; Oleg Derevianko, Ex Deputy Minister of Education and Science of Ukraine, Co-founder and Chairman of the Board, ISSP – Information Systems Security Partners, Co-founder and President, Kyiv Cyber Academy, Founder, Institute of Self-actualization; Lt.Col. Béla Téczely, Advisor on С4I, NATO Liaison Office, Ukraine; Denys Hurak, Deputy Director General for Foreign Economic Activity, SC «UKROBORONOPROM»; Volodymyr Semeniv, Director of Corporate Rights and Investment Projects, MOTOR SICH; Glen Grant, Project Manager “Defence Housing Reform project”, Defence Reform Office Ukraine MOD; Andriy Kulikov, “Svoboda Slova” Anchor, ICTV; Valeri Saar, Advisor to Commander of Estonian Defense, Forces; Oleg Korostelev, General Engineer-General Director, Luch; Valentin Badrak, Executive Director, League of defense enterprises of Ukraine; Denys Kravchenko, Member of the Board, Association of Ukrainian Defense Manufacturers; Dariusz Oleschuk, Partner, Dentons Warsaw; Sergey Zgurets, Director, Information and consulting firm Defense Express; Mazhar Kani Hacipasaoglu. Vice President, Cyber Security and Information Technologies, Havelsan; Volodymyr Ilibman, Security Account Manager, CISCO; Ruslan Korzh, Deputy Minister of Economic Development and Trade of Ukraine (2015-2016); Andriy Myasnykov, Deputy Head of Department of Military – Technical Policy, Development of Weaponry and Military Equipment, Ministry of Defense of Ukraine; Yegor Aushev, Chief of Ukroboronprom Cyber Security Center Project; Tetiana Popova, Adviser to Minister of Defence (2014-2015), Vice Minister of Information Policy (2015-2016), StratCom expert, NGO “InformSecurity”; Viktor Kyrychenko, Deputy Commander for Logistics, Chief of Logistics of Air Forces of Ukraine; Valerii Ryabykh, Development Director, Informational Consulting Company Defense Express and others.
Forum Organizer – A7 CONFERENCES, Exclusive Legal Partner – International law firm Dentons, Institutional Partner – NATO Representation to Ukraine, Strategic partner – Association of Ukrainian Defense Manufacturers, Cyber Security Partner – ISPP, Partner – CISCO, Official Carrier – Turkish Airlines, Telecommunication Partner – Lanet, Investment Partner – A7 CAPITAL, General Specialized Media Partner – Defense Express. General TV Partner – News One, General News Partner – Interfax-Ukraine, General Radio Partner – Radio Golos Stolitsy, Exclusive Media Partner – Liga Business Inform. Exclusive Business Media Partner – Business Newspaper. Media Partners: Defence Blog, Business and Security, Platforma, Kyiv Post, Military reformer, Industry in focus, Global Ukraine news, National Center of transport infrastructure reforms, Kiev Check-In. Supported by: Ukrainian American Coordinating Council, АСС, In Venture Investment Group, KMBS, Ukrainian Business Association in Poland, BUCC Ukraine, TUID.
The materials and video of from the conference are available on the website: www.a7conf.com/defense17/en
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